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Bellbird - Official Trailer

《聆聽愛的季節》(紐西蘭/ 2019 /戲劇)

導演:哈米許貝內特

演員:柯恩霍爾威,瑞秋豪絲,馬修納皮爾

《聆聽愛的季節》講述發生在紐西蘭北島北酪農場在一年之內發生的故事。愛妻驟逝讓酪農措手不及,但他逐漸與個性溫和的獨生子以及當地社區建立聯繫。沉默寡言的Ross在妻子Beth去世之後變得更鬱鬱寡歡,他的兒子Bruce不願放下手邊的事來協助經營農場,但看得出父親身心俱疲。少了Beth作為父子之間的緩衝,兩人的關係更加惡化。幸好有當地少年Marley來協助兩人溝通,再加上Bruce的老闆Connie以及地方上的獸醫Clem的幫忙,情況總算改善。Beth過世快一年之後,事情出乎意料地浮出水面,Ross必須從悲傷中走出來。

《聆聽愛的季節》講述發生在北島北酪農場一年之內發生的故事,愛妻驟逝讓酪農措手不及,但他逐漸與個性溫和的獨生子以及當地社區建立聯繫。導演貝內特親自編劇,本片描述一個不起眼的北島北酪農場在四個季節裡發生的故事。

一個關於失落、愛與希望的故事。一部暖心幽默的電影,描述貧困農村社區裡的平民英雄。

關於導演:

紐西蘭導演哈米許貝內特為毛利人後裔(NgātiWhakaue,Patuharakeke,Kati Waewae),也是全職教師。他的第一部短片《The Dump》獲得2012年紐西蘭作家協會獎最佳短劇本獎,第二部短片《Ross & Beth》也贏得多個獎項,包括2014年紐西蘭國際電影節評審獎及觀眾票選獎。《聆聽愛的季節》是哈米許貝內特的第一部長片,全片在他出身的北島北農村地區拍攝。- 宣傳素材

北島北的農村對於貝內特來說是切身的經驗。他在晃加雷的陶拉羅阿(Tauraroa)長大,就在本片場景芒卡卡拉梅(Maungakaramea)的西南方。他的爸媽帶著幼年的他搬到該區並在當地學校任教,他也在該校一路讀到12年級。貝內特的父親出身Te Arawa族,母親則是Ngāpuhi和Kai Tahu後裔。他在陶拉羅亞地區的學校讀完最後學年12年級,就前往布雷姆灣學院完成最後一年的學業,當地距離他母親族人的Takahiwai毛利人集會區不遠。之後他在北帕默斯頓取得學士學位,回到北島北在Maungakaramea學校擔任教職。他現在和妻兒一起住在奧克蘭的曼格里橋。

貝內特在投身拍片之前原本對橄欖球充滿熱情,但在27歲時因傷而放棄橄欖球。

「雖然我真的很喜歡教書……但總覺得無法滿足我,當我放棄橄欖球之後,課餘時間不知該做什麼好,最後決定嘗試寫作,」貝內特說。

獎項:

2017年配音演員獎,劇情長片類最佳整體配音,《海洋奇緣》(2016年),瑞秋豪斯。

哈米許貝內特:

  • 2019年澳門國際影展及獎項,最佳編劇。
  • 2019年澳門國際影展及獎項,最佳影片入圍。
  • 2019年墨爾本國際電影節最佳敘事長片,觀眾票選獎入圍。
  • 2019年雪梨影展,最佳影片入圍。

影展:

2020年:

  • 美國克利夫蘭國際電影節(線上)
  • 澳洲珀斯電影節
  • 加拿大維多利亞電影節
  • 美國英國電影節
  • 美國棕櫚泉國際電影節

2019

  • 中國澳門國際電影節
  • 愛爾蘭科克電影節
  • 愛沙尼亞塔林黑夜電影節
  • 荷蘭萊頓國際電影節
  • 美國夏威夷國際電影節
  • 美國芝加哥國際電影節
  • 加拿大Cinéfest薩德柏立國際電影節
  • 加拿大卡爾加里國際電影節
  • 澳洲墨爾本國際電影節
  • 紐西蘭國際電影節
  • 澳洲雪梨國際電影節

 

影評:

  • 描述紐西蘭小型酪農場上的生活與哀愁。
  • 在這部感性而充滿希望的片子中,行動顯然勝於雄辯⋯⋯
  • 在《聆聽愛的季節》裡,導演兼北島北小學教師哈米許貝內特將紐西蘭農人的生活搬上大銀幕。
  • 哈米許貝內特首部長片,描述一個沉默寡言的紐西蘭農夫在愛妻過世後重新學著過生活。
  • 《聆聽愛的季節》是一部完美的電影,本年度最佳紐西蘭影片,篤定會成為經典。
  • 感人的故事⋯⋯
  • 紐西蘭喜劇《聆聽愛的季節》探討了男性的心理健康以及社區在農村生活中的重要性。
  • 本片以溫柔的方式觸及男性心理危機的問題,以及農村社區缺乏休閒或經濟前景的情況。
  • 紐西蘭電影《聆聽愛的季節》從心碎和充滿希望的角度,描繪出男性面對悲傷的心理階段。
  • 《聆聽愛的季節》動人而充滿觀察力,描繪出導演出身的農村。
  • 男主角馬歇爾善於以沉默表現出多層次的情感。
  • 「……一部簡潔而充滿詩意的影片,描述寡言的男人們如何在沈默和猶豫之中處理內心情感。」(綜藝報)

花絮:

  • 哈米許貝內特也是一位小學老師。
  • 貝內特對現實生活特別感興趣,他的影片大多訴說無名小人物的故事。
  • 《聆聽愛的季節》是根據哈米許貝內特的獲獎短片《Ross & Beth》(2014)發展而來。(IMDB)
  • 導演兼老師哈米許貝內特以他在北島北農村生活的經驗記憶做為劇本基礎。
  • 《聆聽愛的季節》的靈感來自導演在北島北農村地區的成長經驗。
  • 配樂家卡爾史蒂文斯以烏克麗麗、簧風琴和小號譜寫原創樂曲做為本片伴奏。

 

貝內特在北島北的一座酪農場拍攝本片,距他從小生長的陶拉羅阿只有10公里。

據他表示,Ross和Beth角色靈感來源(最早出現在貝內特2015年的短片《Ross & Beth》)是小時候住在他家隔壁的夫婦。

貝內特之前的鄰居和Beth一樣,在農場上負責許多工作,也是家中的重心。

貝內特說,片中的農場由家族友人經營,他認識出現在電影裡的每一個臨演,其中一個場景出動了導演母親在走廊上演奏烏克麗麗。

《聆聽愛的季節》演員群包括監獄員工史蒂芬塔瑪帕拉(飾演鄉村獸醫Clem),北島北出身的演員瑞秋豪斯(飾演Connie),以及11歲的新人卡胡庫拉雷提馬那(飾演Marley)。

貝內特說,從沒演過戲的卡胡庫拉是陪堂兄來參加試鏡而被相中。

貝內特熱愛拍片也熱愛教學,希望未來能兼顧兩者。

「教書是非常可貴的職業……你花一年的時間與孩子們在一起,看著他們如何起步和達到目標,非常令人滿足。」

 

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BELLBIRD (NEW ZEALAND/2019/DRAMA)

Bellbird

 

Language: English

 

Set over four seasons on a humble Northland dairy farm, Bellbird is the story of a dairy farmer struggling to cope with the sudden death of his beloved wife, and the gradual bond he builds with his gentle only son and the local community. Ross is a man of few words and when his wife Beth dies, so does his spirit. His son Bruce is reluctant to change his own life to help run the farm but can see his father struggling, both physically and emotionally. Without Beth as a buffer, the distance in their relationship is exacerbated. The presence of local boy Marley proves useful, as does the unsolicited support from Bruce’s boss at the dump, Connie, and from Clem, the local vet. It’s been almost a year since Beth’s death when things unexpectedly come to a head and Ross has to finally connect with his own grief and let go.

 

Bellbird tells the story of a dairy farmer struggling to cope with the sudden death of his beloved wife, and the gradual bond he builds with his gentle only son and the local community. The movie, written by Bennett, is set over four seasons in a modest Northland dairy farm.

 

A story of loss, love and hope. Told with great heart, and warm humour, this film shines a light on the plight of a small rural community where the people are the heroes. 

 

Writer/Director:     Hamish Bennett (feature debut)

Producer:                Orlando Stewart, Catherine Fitzgerald

Production Co:        Herringbone Productions Ltd.

Cast:                        Cohen Holloway (What We Do In The Shadows),

Rachel House (Thor: Ragnarok),

Marshall Napier (The Light Between Oceans),

Annie Whittle (The Worlds Fastest Indian)

 

 

About the director:

Hamish Bennett is a New Zealand film-maker of Māori descent (Ngāti Whakaue, Patuharakeke, Kati Waewae) and a fulltime school teacher. His first short film, The Dump, won Best Short Script at 2012’s NZ Writers Guild Awards. His second short, Ross & Beth, won numerous awards, including the Jury and Audience prizes at the 2014 New Zealand International Film Festival. Bellbird is Hamish’s first feature film and is set in the small rural Northland community where he grew up. – press kit

 

Rural Northland is particularly real for Bennett. He grew up in Tauraroa, near Whangarei and just southwest of Maungakaramea, where Bellbird is set. His parents, both teachers, moved there when he was an infant and taught at the local school, where he studied from Year 1 through to Year 12. Bennett is Te Arawa on his dad's side and Ngāpuhi and Kai Tahu on his mother's. Tauraroa Area School stopped at Year 12, so Bennett went to Bream Bay College for his final year of school – not far from his mum's marae at Takahiwai. After a stint in Palmerston North, where he completed his BA, Bennett returned to Northland, eventually securing a teaching position at Maungakaramea School. He now lives in Mangere Bridge, Auckland, with his wife and kids.

 

Bennett came to filmmaking after giving up another passion: rugby. He stopped playing at 27 due to injury.

 

"As much as I really do love teaching... there's always that kind of element of you that feels a little bit unfulfilled, and once I'd finished rugby, I was kind of at a bit of a loose end outside of school hours, so I ended up having a crack at a bit of writing," Bennett says.

 

Awards:

  • Rachel House, Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film, Moana (2016), Behind the Voice Actors Awards, 2017.

 

Hamish Bennett:

  • Best Screenplay, Intl FF & Awards Macao, 2019.
  • Best Film Nominee, Intl FF & Awards Macao, 2019.
  • Best Narrative Feature, People’s Choice Award Nominee, Melbourne IFF, 2019.
  • Best Film Nominee, Sydney FF, 2019.

 

Festivals:

2020:

  • Cleveland International Film Festival, US (online)
  • Perth Film Festival, Australia
  • Victoria Film Festival, Canada
  • Mostly British Film Festival, US
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, US
     

2019:

  • Macao International Film Festival, China
  • Cork Film Festival, Ireland
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia
  • Leiden International Film Festival, Netherlands
  • Hawaii International Film Festival, US
  • Chicago International Film Festival, US
  • Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, Canada
  • Calgary International Film Festival, Canada
  • Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
  • New Zealand International Film Festival, NZ
  • Sydney International Film Festival, Australia

 

Reviews:

  • A tender, amusing reflection on life and loss in a small New Zealand dairy farm -
  • Actions clearly speak louder than words in this sensitive, hopeful feature….
  • Rural Kiwi characters rarely seen on-screen take centre stage in the new film Bellbird, directed by Northland primary school teacher Hamish Bennett. -
  • A taciturn New Zealand farmer must learn to cope after the death of his wife in Hamish Bennett's cozy, caring debut. -
  • Bellbird is a perfectly tuned piece of work; it’s the best New Zealand film of the year and a classic in the making. -
  • Heartwarming tale…-
  • New Zealand comedy Bellbird explores men's mental health and importance of community in rural life.. -
  • In its own gentle way the film touches on peripheral questions of the crisis in men's mental health, and the limited entertainment or economic prospects for rural communities… -
  • Kiwi Film Bellbird Is A Heartbreaking And Hopeful Portrait Of Masculine Grief. –
  • Bellbird is a moving and quietly observational portrait of the filmmaker’s rustic roots. -
  • Marshall is a master at the silence that speaks volumes. -
  • “…terse poetry of inarticulate men struggling to process the depth of feeling that their silences and hesitations contain.” - Variety

 

Trivias:

  • Hamish Bennett is also a primary school teacher.
  • Bennett is particularly interested in real life. The stories he's drawn to tell in his films are those of people living quiet, often uncelebrated lives. -
  • Bellbird follows on from Hamish Bennett's award-winning short film Ross & Beth (2014). – IMDB
  • Director and schoolteacher Hamish Bennett based the script on memories of his rural Northland upbringing. -

 

  • Bellbird film inspired by director's upbringing in rural Northland –
  • Composer Karl Stevens accompanies these lives with a score making original use of ukuleles, reed organs and trumpets. -
  • Bennett shot the film on a working dairy farm in Northland just 10km up the road from Tauraroa, where he grew up.

 

The Ross and Beth characters (first seen in Bennett's 2015 short film Ross and Beth) were inspired by a couple who lived next door when he was a child, he says.

Like Beth, Bennett's former neighbour did an equal share of the farming and acted as frontperson of the family.

The farm Bellbird was filmed on belongs to family friends and Bennett says that he personally knows every extra that appears on-screen, including his mum who plays the ukulele on the porch in one scene.

The Bellbird cast also includes corrections worker Stephen Tamapara (who plays the rural vet Clem), Northland-raised actor Rachel House (Connie) and 11-year old newcomer Kahukura Retimana (Marley).

Kahukura had never acted before, and came to the audition room with his cousin who was auditioning, Bennett says.

Passionate as he is about filmmaking, Bennett still loves teaching and will try and do both for as long as possible.

"Teaching is a really lovely profession… there's something quite tangible about spending a year in a class with kids and seeing where they start and where they end up. There's something inherently really rewarding about that."